Originally Posted by Achmedisdead
In regards to :
5)You're not a true audiophile unless you use FLAC? Really? So ALAC isn't good enough for the Apple-using audiophiles then?
6) I have absolutely no need or use for line-in recording of any sort on my DAP.
Perhaps some may not have understood the 'humour' in point # 5 on my earlier post and my views on the often recommended, if not downright mandatory, use of FLAC files.
I personally DO NOT use, nor do I feel inclined to use, FLAC files. I didn't even use lossless files when I had my two 160GB iPod Classics. I believe there's a bit too much snobbery, exaggeration & misinformation re: the use of FLAC files or other lossless file formats, particularly true when people talk about top-tier IEMs and (high-end) customs, and some DAPs. It often seems to me that if you use FLAC or other lossless formats, you suddenly become an audiophile, when that clearly is not the case.
The same is often true when people think that because they have the most expensive customs, aftermarket cables, expensive amps and use FLAC files, they are an audiophile. In fact, the word audiophile makes me cringe every time I see it.
Originally Posted by Marcus_C
Sorry if I have bestowed on you a false criticism.
The reason for my earlier post was that it just seemed to me that if your reason for defending the a-series was genuine then why were you being so defensive in your posts? No-one has disagreed with you particularly strongly and most have a perfectly logical reason for doing so. No one is saying the a-series is anything other than a great DAP, just with a few problems, and you've reacted as though this is an a-series bashing thread.
Edited by music_4321 - 3/6/11 at 6:51am
If you knew me a little and had read a few of my posts on HF, you'd probably know by now that I don't have a problem with people expressing their disagreement on a particular piece of gear I happen to enjoy. I encourage, in fact, a more balanced approach. There's often too much hyping, in my view, even of products I happen to favour. There's some serious bashing going on, too, but that is less common.
Although I found mark2410's review overall balanced and said so in my first post, I feel he failed to mention several key features of the A840 series DAP on his review (EQ, stock IEMs' SQ, different sound enhancements available, Noise-cancelling features, FM radio, video features, and so on). I felt Mark was being a little too critical of some other less relevant aspects. That would be OK for an ordinary post, but not for a review, in my view.
I know most of us here on HF, at the end of the day, are more interested in SQ, but not everybody, and even those interested solely in SQ were not being told of the EQ, noise-cancelling features or just the overall sound quality of the stock IEMs. I, for instance, find the FM radio excellent, and though I don't use it much, when I do, its very, very good.
I also felt that a couple of later posts focused namely on certain negative aspects -- even adding comments such as "...great review, Mark" , "Lovely review" or "Wonderful review Mark", -- which may have given the impression that this DAP may not be that good after all and actually, perhaps, even worse than people had initially been led to believe after Mark's review.